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The best female drummers are those musically inclined ladies who saw a great deal of success manning the drums within a band or as a solo musician. You might not find them on the "Rolling Stone" list of 100 greatest drummers of all time but each has solidified their place as one of the best female drummers ever.

As if women didn't have a hard enough time being recognized among male band members in the music industry already, girl drummers face additional struggles. Chauvinistic critics will allege that women lack the physical strength, passion or even drive to be a successful drummer. Clearly these top female drummers prove that stigma wrong.

Karen Carpenter stands out as a favorite among many music lovers having played drums and sang for the 1970s duo The Carpenters. Janet Weiss played for several bands during her long career of rocking out. Maureen "Moe" Tucker might not be a household name but she was an integral part of the legendary rock band The Velvet Underground. Even Sheila E, who has worked with the likes of Prince and Ringo Starr plus released several successful solo albums, dominated the drums during her illustrious career. The list goes on and on.

So while names like Gina Schock and Terri Lyne Carrington may never be considered as elites overall in the drumming world, they still should get a great deal of credit for their talent. If these women are not Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees already, all are surely deserving of the honor. Have a favorite female drummer? Vote for those you love, add any who are missing or re-rank this list of the best female drummers all below.
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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Karen Carpenter The Carpenters

2
1,033 601
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sheila E. Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,724 1,072
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Leah Shapiro Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
415 357
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Gina Schock The Go-Go's

5
458 406
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cindy Blackman Lenny Kravitz

6
307 314
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sandy West The Runaways

7
571 570
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Megan Martha White The White Stripes

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352 172
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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327 332
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Janet Weiss Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

10
164 143
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground

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233 233
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Caroline Corr The Corrs

12
240 157
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Teresa Taylor Butthole Surfers

13
437 372
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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211 264
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Kate Schellenbach The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

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182 286
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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252 292
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Carla Azar Autolux

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170 253
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
243 266
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

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234 241
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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403 332
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

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126 71
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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86 152
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added Debbi Peterson

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206 252
Poni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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34 85
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Georgia Hubley Yo La Tengo

25
131 154
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

26
124 230
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

27
63 166
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Paloma Romero The Slits,The Raincoats

28
72 167
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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87 155
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Torry Castellano The Donnas

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46 149
Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Linda McDonald The Iron Maidens, The Little Dolls, Valley Dolls, Crabby Patty, Unholy Pink

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92 136
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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114 152
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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74 158
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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137 181
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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39 155
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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48 77
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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37
82 109
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

38
59 150
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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57 154
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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68 120
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Stella Mozgawa Warpaint

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42 136
Susie Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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72 67
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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11 39
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

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35 134
Veronica Bellino is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Veronica Bellino

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13 52
Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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52 61
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Senri Kawaguchi

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10 48
Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
KaseyPeters added Allison Miller

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26 126
Yael is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

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38 33
Lynn Truell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JonKrop added Lynn Truell

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47 50
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